It is never too early to start your Christmas shopping. If you have a plan set early, you can be more effective, save money, and enjoy the Christmas season more.
1. Have a Budget.
I know it’s hard but try to stick to it!
2. Decide on Your Christmas List.
Some people only shop for close family and friends. Other people put together Christmas presents for co-workers, the postal worker, the dog walker, hairdresser, plumber, poker buddies, kid's teacher, and more. Decide on what you are comfortable with. Keep a general idea of how much you will spend on each person. For instance, you will likely spend more money on your immediate family than on a co-workers.
3. Listen for Clues and Brainstorm Ideas.
Have a rough idea of what presents would please the people on your list. Brainstorm ideas, and them write them down with your list. Listen to the person or other people for ideas, and write them down too.
Search on Pinterest for ideas.
Keep this list in an easy-to-carry form, like a list on your phone or a tucked away in your wallet.
4. Be on the Look-out of Sales.
Every season certain things go on sale. For instance, back to school is a great time to buy clothes, and the end of summer is also a great time to buy bikes and camping gear. Just make sure that you keep an eye out for things that you want to go on sale.
5. Put off Procrastinating and Have a Shopping Plan.
Maybe you're not the type of person who likes shopping, or don't have the time to browse for Christmas presents. Instead, put aside one period of time, like a weekday night to browse the mall and a weekend morning to shop online.
Take the advantage of the internet and shop online!
6. Keep Track of Presents.
Don't lose the present or forget who you bought it for.
Have a designated area for presents, such as a tote, section of closet, or attic. Be sure that the present won't be ruined by variations of temperature, humidity, mold, mice, and so on.
Write the name of the designated gift-receiver on a removable sticker or piece of tape. That way you'll remember who you bought it for. If you change your mind, it's easy to re-designate. Cross their name off the list as soon as possible to avoid forgetting that you already bought them something.
Well, these are the tips for getting your Christmas shopping early.
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Holiday season, and don’t forget to start early!